In the program plan for 2005, it was envisaged that CEC would prepare a document describing best practices in financing small-scale renewable energy projects. The CEC conducted a literature review of existing documents on the topic that was presented to the REEC at the first annual meeting on November 21 in Washington, DC. It was then decided that the existing information was not sufficient to provide stakeholders with how to best finance these small projects in North America. It was also realized that best practices would vary from site to site, from technology to technology, and the stage of development at which the investment is sought.
This present report, therefore, pulls together information on policies and programs, and will describe some case studies that can provide guidance for Canada, Mexico and the United States. Based on the report, the CEC will create a clearinghouse web site where information on renewable energy policies can be found. At the first stage, this report will focus on both smallscale and utility-scale renewable energy programs. It will concentrate on those financial initiatives that bring technologies on the ground, i.e., that support market entry of commercial technologies.